Will McCain Be Replaced BEFORE The Election?

Imagine that John McCain announces to the Republican National Convention in September that he will NOT accept the Republican Party’s nomination for president.  According to Steve Rosenbaum, a columnist for The Huffington Post, this scenario could very well happen.  In fact he says it WILL happen:

When the Republicans choose their candidate on September 4th, there is a very real chance that they could throw the election into an unexpected chaos as they pull a genuine September Surprise.

I think there is every reason to believe John McCain won’t be the nominee. Ok, let me say that again. McCain will not be the Republican candidate in November.

You might ask why in the world would Rosenbaum make such a statement?  How could he possibly know this?

The reasons are simple. He can’t win. Now that Obama is the presumptive Democratic nominee — the polls all show that McCain’s pro-war stance and Bush endorsement make him a lost cause in November. That combined with soft stand on litmus test conservative issues make him an unpopular candidate among the base. I know some Democrats that think the Republicans are planning to let McCain lose and ‘sit this one out’ so that they can hang the democrats with a bad economy and a war that is a morass. But that just isn’t how they play. They play to win every hand — think about 2000 with a popular Democratic president and good economy and a solid VP running for president. Why did they put up Bush? And why did they fight so hard? Because, you don’t ever throw a game. And they’re not going to throw this one.            More>>>

Rosenbaum goes on to give his opinion as to who might be on the “short list” to step in and take McCain’s place:

There are a whole list of Republicans who in many ways are more likely to energize the Republican base. One thing is certain — there are candidates that will play to the core issues in ways that McCain simply can’t.

Here’s a list of names. Some you know, some you don’t. But each of them knows their name is in play. Among them —

Condoleezza Rice (Secretary of State)
Colin Powell (fmr Sec. of State)
Marilyn Musgrave (Colorado Congresswoman)
Mitt Romney (fmr Massachusetts Governor)
Mike Huckabee (fmr Governor of Arkansas)
Charlie Crist (Florida Governor)
Tim Pawlenty (Minnesota Governor)
Bobby Jindal (Louisiana Governor)
Mark Sanford: (Governor of South Carolina)
John Thune (Senator from South Dakota)
Dick Lugar (Senator from Indiana)
Chuck Hagel (Senator from Nebraska)
MIchael Bloomberg (NYC Mayor)                 

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~ by kstreet67 on June 21, 2008.

6 Responses to “Will McCain Be Replaced BEFORE The Election?”

  1. You left out the one name as likely Veep who will more than enable McCain to win the election: Alaska Gov Sarah Palin. (She’d be a perfect Pres candidate as well vs. Obama)

  2. While I am not a McCain fan nor do I support him, if this does happen, it must be McCain’s decision or else I remove myself as a Republican. As far as I am concerned, McCain won the Primaries and deserves his shot at the General, if he wants it. The only thing that would make this worse, is if they put Romney in as the nominee. I would actually have to vote Democrat this go around.

  3. John McCain is 72 years old. Do the math.

  4. I bellieve Alaska Gov Sarah Palin should be first on the McCain VP list. A commenter on another post says it much better than I can:

    “They say McCain reads the blogs, so here goes —

    Senator McCain- Don’t let the campaign kibbitzers muddle things up.

    First and foremost, Sarah Palin shares your values. She killed the bridge to nowhere. Need we say more?

    As for the politics, Sarah Palin transcends geography. Her constituency, like yours, goes beyond state lines.

    She will get your ticket access to voters all over the country based on who she is and what she stands for. Because she’s young, a woman, a mother with young kids, she will grab media attention more than any other potential candidate.

    Gov. Palin also has a son in the active duty military. You have very wisely taken your son’s service in Iraq off the table as a campaign talking point. That is and should be respected. But others can talk about it and reflect on what it means.

    A McCain-Palin administration would be the first in memory which has family members in uniform during wartime from both the President and Vice President. That would be a powerful statement as to the importance of national service, especially in uniform.

    Most importantly, any Vice President should be ready to step up and serve in the event she is needed. Frankly, who is really ever ready? Gov. Palin is as ready as anybody, she is a quick learner, and in her public career has exhibited the courage and decisiveness needed for a great leader.

    Godspeed to you in your campaign and in making this important decision.”

  5. How did Hagel’s name get on that list? He was the first major Republican to reject GWB’s policies on the war, wasn’t he? Remember his wonderful comment to colleagues–“go sell shoes if you want a safe job” (I paraphrase)? No, he turned his back on them. Another blow to this possibility is that there’s been quite a bit of talk lately about Hagel running as Obama’s VP–and Hagel says he’s open to it.

  6. Give me a break Kstreet. McCain can’t win? That’s laughable. McCain is within the margin of error in most polls, and the news is 24 hours Obama.

    McCain by 10 points at least. Obama wins 5 or 6 states if he is lucky. Time will tell. And that is hoping Obama is the Democrat nominee. He has some questions to answer too, you know. Birth certificate, Wright, Ayers, Rezko, and on and on.

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